A non-profit called Hollaback (a movement to end street harassment and is powered by local activists in 79 cities and 26 countries) teamed up with Rob Bliss of Rob Bliss Creative to create a PSA to highlight the impact of street harassment.
In the video above, you can see Shoshana B. Roberts wearing jeans and a T-shirt walking through the streets of New York City. Rob walked in front of Shoshana with a camera in his backpack and she walked silently with two mics in her hand. They recorded for 10 hours and Shoshana was overwhelmingly harassed by men of all ages and race. There was even one man who walked alongside her in silence for five minutes. The stunt, Hollaback says, ended up recording more than 100 instances of verbal harassment over 10 hours. That 10-per-hour stat does not include winks, whistles, and other less verbal forms. Many people are criticizing the video, claiming they edited out the White guys. Maybe Bliss did edit out the White guys, but in my experience, they aren’t the ones who are doing the cat calling. I hate to say it, but anytime that I am harassed, it’s usually by a man of color. There was this one time a Hasidic Jewish man followed me and told me that he was drunk and looking to have some fun that night. I quickly crossed the street and walked with a couple of teenage kids until I got to my block.
During filming, she told Bliss, “I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t. I’m harassed by White men, Black men, Latino men. Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.” Shoshana wasn’t wearing anything revealing (read: inviting) and she also wasn’t engaging with anyone, but that didn’t matter. That never matters to men who do whatever they can to get a woman’s attention.
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Street Harassment Is A Thing & Here’s What It Looks Like [VIDEO] was originally published on hellobeautiful.com